A Rare Three Quarter Ring Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939
The so called "Three-Quarter Ring" Knight's Cross; non magnetic, with silver frame (marked "800" on reverse); measures 48.40x52.30mm, weighs 30.1 grams. Silver loop measures 19.5mm in length, marked 800. Slightly worn, extremely fine condition; with length of neck ribbon. This type of Knight's Cross is thoroughly described by D. Maerz in his book "The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross", and this example matches precisely the examples and features of the Cross he describes (p. 208-219); except, he states the examples known to him are unmarked, and that the frame is made of "Neusilber" - not "solid" silver. This frame is undoubtedly silver, and stamp was punched before two sides were joint, as there is no indentations on the obverse whatsoever. This type of the cross was issued very early and probably less then few hundreds were awarded, making this version the rarest of all Knight's Crosses.